WGBA-TV

WGBA-TV, virtual channel 26 (UHF digital channel 14), is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States. The station is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company, as part of a duopoly with Appleton-licensed MyNetworkTV affiliate WACY-TV (channel 32). The two stations share studios on North Road alongside the WIS 172 freeway in Ashwaubenon (with a Green Bay postal address); WGBA's transmitter is located in the unincorporated community of Shirley, east of De Pere.

On cable, the station is available on channel 13 on Charter Spectrum (channel 8 on Charter's legacy Fond du Lac system]), channel 7 on CenturyLink and Comcast Xfinity in Manitowoc, either channel 7 or channel 10 in most outlying areas of the market, and channel 26 on AT&T U-verse.

WGBA-TV
WGBA-TV

WGBA-DT2 Logo
Green Bay/Appleton, Wisconsin
United States
CityGreen Bay, Wisconsin
BrandingNBC 26 (general)
NBC 26 News (newscasts)
SloganKeeping You Connected (general)
Your Official Packers Station (sports coverage)
ChannelsDigital: 14 (UHF)
Virtual: 26 (PSIP)
Subchannels26.1 NBC
26.2 MeTV
26.3 Laff
AffiliationsNBC (1995–present)
OwnerE. W. Scripps Company
(Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC)
First air dateDecember 31, 1980
Call letters' meaningGreen Bay & Appleton
Sister station(s)Appleton: WACY-TV
Milwaukee: WTMJ-TV
Former callsignsWLRE (1980–1985)
WGBA (1985–2009; unsuffixed calls)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 26 (UHF, 1980–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 41 (UHF, 2002–2018)
Former affiliations
Transmitter power500 kW
Height369 m (1,211 ft)
Facility ID2708
Transmitter coordinates44°21′29.7″N 87°58′47.3″W / 44.358250°N 87.979806°W
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information:Profile
CDBS
Websitewww.nbc26.com

History

Early history

WLRE, which stood for station co-founder Lyle R. Evans, sought to be operational as early as December 1977. It delayed so that it could put its transmission tower on Scray's Hill near De Pere, the location of other Green Bay market transmitter towers.[1] Ultimately the location was approved, but it meant ground was not broken on the studio and antenna location until June 1980. The station signed on the air on December 31, 1980, broadcasting an analog signal on UHF channel 26. It was the Green Bay market's second independent station, after the short-lived KFIZ-TV (channel 34) in Fond du Lac from 1968 to 1972. It was also the first new commercial station to sign-on in Green Bay itself since WFRV-TV (channel 5) signed on in May 1955. On November 12, 1982, WLRE was able to power up a new transmitter and had plans for further antenna power boosts.[2]

In early 1983, coinciding with the purchase of a licensing deal of approximately 1,000 movies and other syndicated programs,[2] WRLE took on the tagline "The Great Entertainer",[3] using station imaging shared with (at least) WPHL.[4] In late 1984, the station's partnership was dissolved in a bankruptcy court in which investors lost money. In 1985, it was bought by Family Group Broadcasting Incorporated for only pennies on the dollar. On October 3 of that year, the station's call letters were changed to WGBA-TV.[5] The station, then known on-air as "TV 26", was well known in its early years for children's program host "Cuddles the Clown", who stayed with the station until it switched to NBC, and moved to sister station WACY before retiring. The station's imaging was also shared with sister station WQRF-TV in Rockford, Illinois, WVFT-TV in Roanoke, Virginia, WPGX-TV in Panama City, Florida, WFGX-TV in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and WLAX-TV in La Crosse, Wisconsin, including its early 'diamond' logo.

In the wake of a bankruptcy, Green Bay's original Fox affiliate WXGZ (channel 32) went dark on February 14, 1992. WGBA became the new affiliate the following day, changing its branding to "Fox 26". After Ace TV acquired the WXGZ license, WGBA helped to relaunch the station through a local marketing agreement in June 1994. That station became a charter affiliate of UPN and changed its call letters to WACY-TV in 1995. In 1994 during the first year of Fox's contract to broadcast NFL games, the station entered into a contract with ABC affiliate WBAY-TV (channel 2) to produce a pregame show to air before Green Bay Packers games since it lacked a local sports department.

NBC affiliation

WACY-WGBA
The studios of WGBA-TV and WACY-TV in 2007

In 1994, WLUK-TV (channel 11) and three other stations owned by Burnham Broadcasting were sold to SF Broadcasting (owned as a partnership between Savoy Communications and Fox). As part of the purchase and through Fox's ownership of the group, SF signed a group affiliation deal to switch its stations to Fox; this enabled WLUK to become the Packers' unofficial "home" station as Fox had acquired the television contract to the NFL's National Football Conference. On August 28, 1995, WGBA-TV switched its affiliation to NBC (and changed its on-air branding to "NBC 26"); the Fox affiliation moved to former NBC affiliate WLUK. As an NBC affiliate, it struggled to find a constant identity. Green Bay's other three stations have been on-the-air since the 1950s and had loyal audiences. Relief did not come until October 2004, when the Journal Broadcast Group bought it for $43.2 million after Aries Telecommunications sold the station. Journal had long wanted a station in Northeastern Wisconsin alongside its flagship station, WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee, that market's NBC affiliate and long-dominant news station.

The purchase also included the LMA with WACY. Although Journal wanted to buy WACY outright, this had been unlikely since Green Bay has only seven full-power stations (not enough to legally permit a duopoly). However, in September 2010, WLUK owner LIN TV Corporation exercised an option to purchase CW affiliate WCWF (channel 14) from ACME Communications, and filed for a "failing station waiver" – which permits duopoly in such situations if the petitioner can prove the station is in an economically non-viable position – to allow LIN to own WLUK and WCWF. Because WCWF was hampered for years by several factors, including insufficient cable carriage and an analog signal originating more towards its city of license, Suring, than Green Bay, the waiver was granted in February 2011.[6][7] Journal eventually pleaded for the failing station waiver for WACY at the beginning of 2012, citing that station's dark period between 1992 and 1994 (when the Ace TV LMA began) and that the station was unable to survive on its own without the production and control assistance of WGBA. Because of this, the FCC allowed the full sale of WACY to Journal at the beginning of September 2012.[8][9][10]

Since being acquired by Journal, WGBA and WTMJ have become close sister stations, eventually synchronizing their news imaging and sharing news and sports resources (WTMJ had previously paired with WFRV-TV, an NBC affiliate until the early 1980s, to provide Green Bay coverage and video). This became more evident in 2008, when WGBA outsourced sports and weekend weather reports to WTMJ, and had simulcast that station's morning and noon newscasts for a short time.

Summer 2013 Time Warner Cable carriage dispute

After several renewals of negotiations from the original June 30, 2013 expired agreement, and the invocation of the sweeps rule disallowing cable providers from pulling the main signal of a carried station during local sweeps periods (which includes July),[11] the main signals of WGBA and WACY were pulled off Time Warner Cable systems in the market at midnight on July 25, 2013.[12] The MeTV subchannel had been pulled earlier on July 10 as those were not under the same protection under the sweeps rule.[13] WTMJ was also affected in the Milwaukee market, along with Journal stations in Omaha and Palm Springs, California. The main effect of the blackout on Time Warner Cable systems was the carriage of three Packers preseason games on WTMJ and WGBA, which were blacked out on the provider due to the dispute, though the games were still available via the Spanish language simulcast using the Packers Television network camera positions produced for Milwaukee's Telemundo affiliate WYTU-LD (channel 63/49.4), which is carried on the subchannel tier in the Green Bay market (and was simulcast on WACY), with the suggestion to listen to English play-by-play via either WTMJ radio from Milwaukee or the local FM stations in Green Bay or Appleton carrying Packers Radio Network coverage. The later replays of the games were also available via replays on NFL Network through the week.[14]

A class action lawsuit was also filed by viewers against Time Warner Cable on August 8 under grounds of breach of contract.[15] Journal Broadcast Group has also made claims via its website detailing their version of the carriage dispute that TWC was distracted due to the other dispute involving CBS Corporation's Television Stations group and Showtime Networks premium channel suites.[16]

As of August 15, WGBA and WACY's channel slots on Time Warner Cable have been replaced with a simulcast of GSN, with Starz Kids & Family airing on the channel 994 subchannel slot usually carrying MeTV. Journal Broadcast Group also asked state authorities to intervene in their dispute with Time Warner Cable.[17]

Journal and Time Warner Cable came to an agreement for carriage on September 20, 2013 to last at least through the 2016 Summer Olympics, returning WGBA and WACY to their lineups as of 7 p.m. that evening. However, Journal ceded that the analog and cable-ready positions were less important than carriage in the high definition tier, so while WGBA's high definition signal remained on channel 1007, the standard definition signal will now be on channel 13, WACY's former SD slot, with WACY moving to channel 83 with high definition coverage coming at the start of the year.[18] However, MeTV subchannel 26.2 remained removed from Time Warner systems, though southern portions of the Green Bay market already receive MeTV Milwaukee flagship WBME-CD (channel 41) on the basic lifeline tier.[19]

Sale to the E. W. Scripps Company

On July 30, 2014, the E. W. Scripps Company announced that it would acquire Journal Communications in an all-stock transaction. The combined firm would retain their broadcast properties, including WTMJ-TV and its radio siblings, with the print assets being spun off as Journal Media Group.[20] The deal was approved by the FCC on December 12, 2014,[21] with shareholders of the two companies approving it on March 11, 2015;[22] the merger/spin-off between Journal and Scripps formally closed on April 1.

E.W. Scripps and Time Warner Cable announced a new multi-year carriage agreement on February 1, 2016 that includes WGBA and WACY, well ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics and averting any carriage issues for the Games.[23] This also returned all the subchannels of WGBA to Time Warner systems in the area on channels 990 and 991, which occurred on April 4, 2016.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[24]
26.1 1080i 16:9 WGBA-HD Main WGBA-TV programming / NBC
26.2 480i MeTV MeTV
26.3 4:3 LAFF TV Laff

WGBA launched a new second digital subchannel in November 2010 carrying TheCoolTV (an automated music video network) which had aired on the WTMJ's second subchannel since the summer of 2009. The establishment of WGBA-DT2 made it the second commercial station in the market to launch a subchannel service after WBAY-TV. On September 7, 2011, Journal and Weigel Broadcasting announced that WGBA would carry the classic television network MeTV beginning on October 1, 2011.[25][26] MeTV replaced TheCoolTV on 26.2 on that date, as Journal brought a lawsuit against TheCoolTV's parent company Cool Music Network, LLC for non-payment of services; WTMJ-TV, along with Journal's other stations dropped the network on October 1, 2011 to carry Live Well Network or MeTV, depending on the market.[27][28][29] Sometime in the summer of 2016, 26.2 was converted to a widescreen presentation in line with Weigel converting their networks to that format.

On May 18, 2015, Scripps and Katz Broadcasting announced an affiliation agreement allowing Scripps' Green Bay duopoly to carry all three of Katz's digital broadcast networks in the near future, with WGBA carrying Laff and WACY carrying Escape and Grit (Laff launched one month earlier in markets with Scripps-owned stations not affected by its merger with the Journal Broadcasting Group, while the two others will also begin to be carried by select sister stations of WGBA through the deal).[30] Laff debuted as a digital subchannel on August 12, 2015.[31]

Analog-to-digital conversion

WGBA-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 26, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 41.[32][33] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 26.

One week after the transition, Journal chose to suffix all of their owned television stations with the "-TV" suffix as part of the FCC's one-time allowance during the transition to allow stations to suffix either "-TV" or "-DT" to their call signs if not previously included on their permanent digital channel; this included WGBA, which became WGBA-TV in FCC correspondence and on-air station identifications upon that day.

On July 1, 2018, WGBA's digital signal moved from channel 41 to channel 14 as part of the upcoming FCC spectrum repack.

Translators

In addition to its main signal, WGBA operates two translators to extend the station's coverage northward. The translators are a remnant of the analog era when it was Green Bay's only major UHF commercial television station. The station in fact kept a post office box address open for years to allow responses to an offer through a station promo of a free pamphlet describing the installation of a UHF television antenna to interested viewers until the early 1990s. During that period, residents of Northern Door County and the southern portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula could easily receive the three Green Bay network stations on VHF and WFRV semi-satellite WJMN-TV from Escanaba, Michigan, along with PBS member station WNMU from Marquette, Michigan, but not WGBA and Wisconsin Public Television's WPNE-TV (channel 38).

WLWK-CD (channel 22) is officially licensed as a Class A station; this translator was known as W22BW prior to November 27, 2012.[34] Journal and Scripps used the Sturgeon Bay station to warehouse the WKTI calls to prevent re-use by a radio competitor in the Milwaukee market; the calls had been in use from 1974 to 2008 on Journal's FM station at 94.5 FM in Milwaukee, and were previously warehoused on former sister station WJBE (1040 AM) in Powell, Tennessee, which serves the Knoxville market, until December 2012, when that station was sold to local interests. The calls came back into use in the Milwaukee market as of early June 2015, when Scripps switched 94.5 back to the heritage WKTI-FM (later WKTI) calls, this time under a country format. WKTI-CD then changed its call sign to WLWK-CD on June 17, 2015, as the WLWK calls used between 2008 and 2015 on the 94.5 frequency had to be warehoused themselves to prevent a station in Racine trying to claim the station's former branding and variety hits format after Scripps dropped it.

Before it became an NBC affiliate, WGBA was rebroadcast in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on W02AM (channel 2) in Gwinn, W09BA (channel 9) in Felch, W49AF (channel 49) in Crystal Falls, and W56BF (channel 56) in Iron Mountain. The last translator was encrypted and part of the now-defunct over-the-air cable system in the area.

Call letters Channel City of license Transmitter location
WLWK-CD 22 Sturgeon Bay north of downtown Sturgeon Bay
W31BK 31 Menominee, Michigan northeast of downtown Menominee

Programming

WGBA broadcasts the entire NBC schedule, with the exception of program preemptions for breaking news or severe weather coverage; however it currently airs Days of Our Lives at 12:00 p.m. (one of a handful of NBC affiliates which carry the program in that slot, which is one hour earlier than recommended by the network, airing it "live" via the network's East Coast feed). Syndicated programs broadcast on WGBA include Page Six TV, TMZ Live, the true crime-focused Dateline syndicated package, and Right This Minute among others. The station picked up Scripps' national program The List during the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Packers partnership

On March 2, 2012, the Green Bay Packers and Journal announced that WTMJ would be retained as the Official Packers Station in the Milwaukee market after the expiration of the previous agreement, and that WGBA would become the official station for the team in the Green Bay market beginning in August 2012, replacing former partner WFRV-TV.[35] As a result, WGBA carries the majority of the team's preseason schedule (the game broadcasts use CBS Sports announcers, with the NBC Sunday Night Football graphics package) along with Packers Live Tuesday nights and The Matt LaFleur Show on Wednesday evenings before primetime, and the Inside Lambeau program on Sunday nights, along with other official team programming; the station also provides gametime and 'ride home' forecasts for the "TundraVision" scoreboard displays at Lambeau Field during Packers home games. The first preseason game of 2012 was a national ESPN game against the San Diego Chargers on August 9 and aired on WBAY-TV, precluding a situation where NBC's non-preemptable coverage of the Summer Olympics would have forced WGBA to move that game to WACY instead (that situation also occurred in August 2016 due to the 2016 Summer Olympics for two games). In addition, the station also held the rights to the September 13 Thursday Night Football game of the Packers–Bears rivalry broadcast on cable/satellite on NFL Network, a network unavailable to much of the Green Bay market at the time due to conflicts with Time Warner Cable (three weeks later Time Warner added the network to its systems); this unusually forced the season seven finale of America's Got Talent to air the same night over WACY (the station's first move of NBC programming to that station in a pre-emption situation), and re-air after Saturday Night Live on September 15 on WGBA due to the pre-emption. As an NBC affiliate, WGBA broadcasts Packers games that are played on Sunday Night Football. For the 2016 and 2017 seasons, the station also aired Packers appearances on NBC's portion of the Thursday Night Football contract.

Larry McCarren, who had been the sports director at WFRV until the Packers contract ended in March 2012, along with budget cuts at that station, went over to Journal in July 2012; however he was only able to do short Packer analysis segments through the 2012 season on-air for WTMJ and WGBA, along with blogging on WTMJ's site, due to a one-year non-compete clause (which included these segments by contractual force originating outside the Green Bay market in Milwaukee), but continued his duties as color commentator over Journal's Packers Radio Network. With the expiration of the clause, McCarren assumed sports director duties for WGBA on April 1, 2013.[36][37] Packers Live, a program that resembles his former Locker Room program, with Packer player guests and "chalk talk" play analysis in front of a live audience, also began airing on the station beginning with the 2013 NFL season. He retired as WGBA sports director in April 2015 to fully focus on his television and radio network duties for the Packers and Scripps.

News operation

WGBA-TV broadcasts 19½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 17½ hours on weekdays and 2 hours on Saturdays and Sundays). In addition to its main studios, the station operates a Fox Cities Bureau in Downtown Appleton on West College Avenue. WGBA operates its own weather radar from the North Road studios.

In early 1996, shortly after WGBA picked up the NBC affiliation, then-owner Aries Telecommunications announced plans to start a full-fledged news department for the station. On July 19, 1996, during the start of NBC's coverage of the 1996 Summer Olympics, WGBA debuted its local newscasts, with a half-hour early-evening newscast at 6:00 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays (the initial broadcast of that program on July 19 ran a special one-hour broadcast, leading into NBC's coverage of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Atlanta) and a late evening newscast at 10:00 p.m. seven nights a week. Ted O'Connell[38] was WGBA's first news director; he was succeeded by Ashley Webster (now a journalist with Fox Business Network), who also served as weeknight co-anchor alongside Heather Hays (presently a main anchor at Fox owned-and-operated station KDFW in Dallas-Fort Worth). Eventually as the operation grew, the station added newscasts on weekday mornings, weekdays at noon and at 5:00 p.m.

WGBA's newscasts have consistently rated fourth in the market, behind WBAY, WLUK and WFRV. Ratings were unable to improve after the Journal purchase, even with the ties to WTMJ's news department, which had issues in itself in the Milwaukee market. The Great Recession in particular starkly brought these issues on-air. On June 3, 2008, Journal announced that WGBA's sports department would shut down and that it would be laying off sports anchors Ted Stefaniak and John Burton.[39] Until Larry McCarren took over as sports director in April 2013,[40] sports segments were taped in advance and originated from WTMJ's facilities (on East Capitol Drive/WIS 190 in Milwaukee's Far North Side section) using its personnel.

On July 14, 2008, due to low ratings and inconsistent viewership, WGBA discontinued its weekday morning and noon newscasts, while laying off some of its staff. In place of those shows, the station began simulcasting WTMJ's morning and midday newscasts Live at Daybreak and Live at Noon, interspersed with local weather cut-ins presented by a meteorologist from WGBA's Green Bay studios (again, recorded in advance since WTMJ was already live in its own market), but with no regard to coverage of Fox Valley and Green Bay news.[41] Due to the latter issue, in January 2009, the weekday morning simulcast was dropped and turned into a WGBA-produced rolling weather block called Non-Stop Weather. WTMJ's weekday noon broadcast was later moved to WACY and replaced in that timeslot on WGBA by paid programming, which for a time in 2008, filled some of the station's early afternoon schedule due to an unusual number of syndicated program cancellations in that year. The midday news simulcast on WACY and paid programming on WGBA were eventually dropped as well.

On April 7, 2009, WTMJ became the first station in Milwaukee to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition. However, until April 2012, the pre-taped nightly sports and weekend weather segments originating from WTMJ were broadcast in 4:3 standard definition.[42] On July 24, it was announced that WGBA would eliminate some of its reporting and photojournalist positions, with the remaining staff being retrained to act as "one-man band" videojournalists handling reporting, camera work, and editing stories themselves. In September 2009, reporter Bonnie Kirschman, the final employee to remain with WGBA's news operation since its 1996 launch, left the station.

In mid-August 2009, the weekday morning weather block was cancelled entirely and replaced by the now-cancelled syndicated lifestyle talk show Better, which moved to the 5:00 a.m. hour followed by encore broadcasts of the previous night's 10:00 p.m. newscast and Early Today before Today.[43] On January 10, 2011, WGBA restored a weekday morning newscast to its schedule under the slightly revised title of NBC 26 News Today from a new secondary set exclusively used for the program.[44] In August 2012, the Valley news bureau, which had been in operation since July 1996, was shut down.

On April 7, 2012, WGBA upgraded its local newscasts to 16:9 widescreen standard definition. It became the last station in the market to convert to full high-definition operations on January 23, 2016, with the unveiling of a new chyron-heavy "virtual" set, the first major change to the station's newsroom and set since the station began carrying newscasts in 1996 and the newsroom and anchor sets were split off in the early 2000s via an opaque partition. The station began to use the default Scripps graphics package/news music package in October 2016.

In October 2014, the station added Wisconsin Tonight, a pre-primetime newsmagazine to nights without Packers team programming which features news rundowns, feature segments and various NBC affiliate service reports, along with some shared content from WTMJ, which also carries their own edition of Wisconsin Tonight; this averted a situation where Inside Edition, which was moved to an earlier timeslot, might only air up to two of their five programs a week on the station in the fall and early winter. That show moved to WBAY in the same timeslot in September 2015, as WGBA replaced the 4 p.m. hour's programming with the new syndicated program Crime Watch Daily, which was moved to 2 p.m. (replacing a second episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent) starting with the 2016 Summer Olympics, in order to launch Scripps' national programs The List and Right This Minute in the 4 p.m. timeslot. In June 2017, Wisconsin Tonight was retitled The Now Wisconsin, in line with Scripps' branding for their feature-heavy local newscast format; the Wisconsin Tonight title remains in use for a Saturday night advertorial program, presumably to prevent trademark dilution where another state station can claim the title for their program.

National attention on the Internet

In 2012, two segments from WGBA's morning newscasts gained notice on the Internet. In January of that year, a video showing meteorologist Brian Niznansky falling victim to an on-air prank went viral in which Niznansky was tricked into saying, "I love lamp," a line from the film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. By October 2012, the video was viewed nearly two million times on YouTube. The prank was featured on several news sites, including on the front page of MSN at one point.

In September 2012, on the day following the controversial NFL game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, the station did a segment on its morning newscast with a "replacement weather guy", poking fun at the NFL replacement referees. WGBA floor director Tom Legener was seen on-air forecasting a "thunderblizzard hurricane", with a temperature of "-200 degrees" at 7:00 a.m. and "346 degrees" at noon. The video went viral, and by October 2012, had nearly 600,000 views on YouTube. It was featured on various news sites, including CNN, ESPN, Yahoo!, and MSN.

Notable current on-air staff

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  44. ^ Warren Gerds (February 8, 2011). "WGBA, Channel 26 in Green Bay, resumes morning newscasts". Green Bay Press Gazette. Gannett Company. Retrieved June 28, 2015.

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Ashley Webster

Ashley Webster is a business news journalist for the Fox Business Network, a business news channel he joined in September 2007 as its Overseas Markets Editor. Webster, who was born in Brighton, United Kingdom and was raised in Los Angeles, is based in the network's London bureau.

Channel 26 virtual TV stations in the United States

The following television stations operate on virtual channel 26 in the United States:

K07XL-D in Mountain Home, Arkansas

K08LI-D in White Sulphur Spring, Montana

K26DD-D in Kalispell, Montana

K26FT-D in Santa Barbara, California

K26GS-D in Harrison, Arkansas

K26GV-D in Omak, Washington

K26GY-D in Breckenridge, Colorado

K26KC-D in Dallas, Texas

K26KF-D in Duluth, Minnesota

K26LI-D in Juneau, Alaska

K26LQ-D in White Sulphur Spring, Montana

K27LU-D in Stephenville, Texas

K30LS-D in Sandpoint, Idaho

K31GP-D in Brookings, etc., Oregon

K32LQ-D in Yreka, California

K42GT-D in Priest Lake, Idaho

K43MY-D in Red Lake, Minnesota

K44JB-D in Grants Pass, Oregon

K44KK-D in Bonners Ferry, Idaho

KAAH-TV in Honolulu, Hawaii

KCDT in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho

KCVB-CD in Logan, Utah

KFTC in Bemidji, Minnesota

KGCW in Burlington, Iowa

KGEC-LD in Redding, California

KGPT-CD in Wichita, Kansas

KHDT-LD in Denver, Colorado

KINT-TV in El Paso, Texas

KMPH-TV in Visalia, California

KMVU-DT in Medford, Oregon

KNDB in Bismarck, North Dakota

KNPN-LD in Saint Joseph, Missouri

KODF-LD in Britton, Texas

KOZJ in Joplin, Missouri

KPMF-LD in Paragould, Arkansas

KPXL-TV in Uvalde, Texas

KRIV in Houston, Texas

KTKB-LD in Tamuning, Guam

KTSF in San Francisco, California

KUCL-LD in Salt Lake City, Utah

KVHD-LD in Los Angeles, California

KVSD-LD in San Diego, California

KVTH-DT in Hot Springs, Arkansas

KYNE-TV in Omaha, Nebraska

KZBZ-CD in Clovis, New Mexico

W15EF-D in Sparta, North Carolina

W18DS-D in Chattanooga, Tennessee

W26DB-D in Port Jervis, New York

W26DC-D in Roslyn, New York

W26DH-D in Auburn, Indiana

W26DS-D in La Grange, Georgia

W26DT-D in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

W30CS-D in Zionville, North Carolina

W41DL-D in Boone, North Carolina

WAGT-CD in Augusta, Georgia

WAIQ in Montgomery, Alabama

WBDT in Springfield, Ohio

WCIU-TV in Chicago, Illinois

WDID-LD in Savannah, Georgia

WDRL-LD in Wilmington, North Carolina

WEDD-LD in Roanoke, Virginia

WETA-TV in Washington, D.C.

WGBA-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin

WGNO in New Orleans, Louisiana

WGVT-LD in Gainesville, Florida

WHPX-TV in New London, Connecticut

WMEA-TV in Biddeford, Maine

WMNN-LD in Lake City, Michigan

WNYB in Jamestown, New York

WOTF-TV in Daytona Beach, Florida

WQTO in Ponce, Puerto Rico

WROB-LD in Topeka, Kansas

WSFX-TV in Wilmington, North Carolina

WTBS-LD in Atlanta, Georgia

WTNC-LD in Durham, North Carolina

WUDJ-LD in Crozet, Virginia

WUEK-LD in Canton, Ohio

WUNL-TV in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

WUWT-CD in Union City, Tennessee

WXAX-CD in Clearwater, Florida

WYCU-LD in Charlestown, etc., New Hampshire

WYXN-LD in New York, New York

WZVN-TV in Naples, FloridaThe following stations, which are no longer licensed, formerly operated on virtual channel 26:

KGKY-LD in Joplin, Missouri

KJYY-LD in Portland, Oregon

WAGT in Augusta, Georgia

WEYB-LD in Montgomery, Alabama

Channel 41 digital TV stations in the United States

The following television stations broadcast on digital channel 41 in the United States:

K41AE-D in Grand Junction, Colorado

K41AH-D in Crested Butte, Colorado

K41BT-D in Fort Peck, Montana

K41BW-D in New Mobeetie, Texas

K41BZ-D in Dolan Springs, Arizona

K41CA-D in Tulia, Texas

K41DD-D in Des Moines, Iowa

K41DM-D in Fruitland, Utah

K41DU-D in Parlin, Colorado

K41EB-D in Garfield County, Utah

K41EG-D in Jackson, Minnesota

K41EO-D in Crouch/Garden Valley, Idaho

K41EQ-D in Texarkana, Texas

K41EV-D in Akron, Colorado

K41FT-D in Kingman, Arizona

K41FZ-D in Koosharem, Utah

K41GE-D in Cedar City, Utah

K41GI-D in Imlay, Nevada

K41GQ-D in Logan, Utah

K41GS-D in Summit County, Utah

K41HH-D in Austin, Nevada

K41HQ-D in Quanah, Texas

K41IG-D in Scipio, Utah

K41IO-D in Las Vegas, Nevada

K41IT-D in Haxtun, Colorado

K41JS-D in Green River, Utah

K41JY-D in Henrieville, Utah

K41JZ-D in Teasdale/Torrey, Utah

K41KA-D in Panguitch, Utah

K41KD-D in Roosevelt, etc., Utah

K41KE-D in Garrison, Utah

K41KL-D in Glendale, etc., Oregon

K41KX-D in Joplin, Missouri

K41KZ-D in Chalfant Valley, California

K41LA-D in Carbondale, Colorado

K41LB-D in Scofield, Utah

K41LD-D in Antimony, Utah

K41LE-D in Fountain Green, Utah

K41LJ-D in East Price, Utah

K41LM-D in Lamar, Colorado

K41LS-D in Forsyth, Montana

K41LU-D in Eureka, Nevada

K41LX-D in Red Lake, Minnesota

K41LY-D in Rural Sevier County, Utah

K41MB-D in Ruth, Nevada

K41MF-D in Granite Falls, Minnesota

K41MT-D in Wray, Colorado

K41MU-D in La Grande, Oregon

K41MX-D in Perryton, Texas

K41MY-D in Panaca, Nevada

K41MZ-D in Livingston, etc., Montana

KBCA in Alexandria, Louisiana

KBTI-LD in Boise, Idaho

KCBZ-LD in Casper, Wyoming

KCRP-CD in Corpus Christi, Texas

KCYH-LD in Ardmore, Oklahoma

KDBK-LP in Bakersfield, California

KENH-LD in Hot Springs, Arkansas

KGCW in Burlington, Iowa

KKPX-TV in San Jose, California

KLCS in Los Angeles, California

KLDY-LD in Anchorage, Alaska

KMCI-TV in Lawrence, Kansas

KNME-TV in Pecos, New Mexico

KNOV-CD in New Orleans, Louisiana

KOXO-CD in Portland, Oregon

KPXO-TV in Kaneohe, Hawaii

KQLP-LD in Lincoln, Nebraska

KRHT-LD in Redding, California

KSBS-CD in Denver, Colorado

KTFF-LD in Fresno, California

KUBE-TV in Baytown, Texas

KVER-CA in Indio, California

KWEX-DT in San Antonio, Texas

W41DI-D in Bat Cave, etc., North Carolina

W41DK-D in Keyser, West Virginia

W41DL-D in Boone, North Carolina

W41DO-D in New York, New York

W41DP-D in Springfield, Illinois

WATC-DT in Atlanta, Georgia

WBXM-CD in Montgomery, Alabama

WEDY in New Haven, Connecticut

WEIQ in Mobile, Alabama

WETP-TV in Sneedville, Tennessee

WFRW-LD in Enterprise, Alabama

WGBA-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin

WHDS-LD in Savannah, Georgia

WHEH-LD in Lumberton, North Carolina

WHIO-TV in Dayton, Ohio

WIRS in Yauco, Puerto Rico

WJAN-CD in Miami, Florida

WKBN-TV in Youngstown, Ohio

WKPD in Paducah, Kentucky

WLVI in Cambridge, Massachusetts

WNJJ-LD in Paterson, New Jersey

WOHZ-CD in Mansfield, Ohio

WOLP-CD in Grand Rapids, Michigan

WPBS-DT in Watertown, New York

WRBW in Orlando, Florida

WRLW-CD in Salem, Indiana

WRZY-LD in Buxton, North Carolina

WTMQ-LD in Jacksonville, North Carolina

WUTB in Baltimore, Maryland

WXYZ-TV in Detroit, Michigan

WZDX in Huntsville, Alabama

WZVN-TV in Naples, FloridaThe following stations, which are no longer licensed, formerly broadcast on digital channel 41:

K41JF-D in Hagerman, Idaho

K41MM-D in Pateros, Washington

KLMW-LD in Lufkin, Texas

KMMA-CD in San Luis Obispo, California

KTJX-LD in College Station, Texas

WIFR in Freeport, Illinois

Green Bay Packers records

This article details statistics relating to the Green Bay Packers.

Larry McCarren

Larry Anthony McCarren (born November 9, 1951 in Park Forest, Illinois) is a former American football player for twelve seasons in the National Football League with the Green Bay Packers. McCarren had a long career as the Packers' starting center. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 1982 and 1983. After his playing career ended, he was inducted in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.

He began a television and radio broadcasting career in 1988 at WFRV-TV and he was named the Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year four times. McCarren has been working on the Packers Radio Network as the color commentator for the Packers' radio broadcasts since 1995.

List of television stations in Wisconsin

This is a list of broadcast television stations serving cities in the U.S. state of Wisconsin.

Locker Room (WFRV-TV)

"Locker Room" (formerly "Larry McCarren's Locker Room") is a live talk show hosted by WFRV-TV sports director Burke Griffin and former Green Bay Packer Ahman Green. It used to be hosted by former WFRV sports director and former Green Bay Packer Larry McCarren, who is now the sports director at WGBA-TV. Every week during football season, a Packers player visits the show. That player is then interviewed, and then that player must teach one selected member of the audience how to do a task to earn their autograph; the concept is called "Earn Your Autograph." Also, there is a segment on the show called "Chalk Talk," where certain plays are selected in the previous Packer game and are talked through.

NBC 26

NBC 26 may refer to the following television stations in the United States:

WGBA-TV, Green Bay, Wisconsin

WAGT (TV), Augusta, Georgia

Packers Radio Network

The Packers Radio Network is a broadcast radio network and the official radio broadcaster of the Green Bay Packers football team. The network's flagship is the Good Karma Brands's WTMJ in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which has broadcast the games since November 24, 1929, and was the former flagship station of Journal Communications until the E. W. Scripps Company and Journal completed their broadcast merger and publishing spin-off on April 1, 2015 (Good Karma took over WTMJ's operations on November 1, 2018 upon Scripps' second withdrawal from radio). This is one of the few arrangements where a team's flagship radio station is not based in their home market and the local station serves as a network affiliate only, as WTMJ's signal to Green Bay and most of Wisconsin's population centers is city-grade; the rights for Packers games in the Green Bay area have bounced between Midwest Communications and Cumulus Media throughout the last few years, while stations carrying the games owned by Woodward Communications which nominally serve the Fox Cities exclusively have equally heavy listenership in Green Bay.

An internal Part 15 radio station featuring the Packers Radio Network play-by-play, along with public address and scoreboard announcements, serves the area surrounding Lambeau Field during Packers home games to provide the game call to those in attendance without the delay experienced by the uploading of the network feed via satellite. The feed is on a non-standard FM frequency which requires purchase of a special radio tuner from the team's pro shop to listen to that signal clearly, though it is audible with cross-channel interference from Wisconsin Public Radio's WPNE at 87.5 FM on regular tuners.

The Green Bay stations designated below in the table are considered additional "primary" stations in the network. This designation only truly comes to use in the later stages of the NFL Playoffs if the Packers make it to the NFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl, where those primary stations can carry the Packers Radio Network local call. All other network stations, including those licensed to communities in the Fox Cities, must carry the national Westwood One call instead in line with NFL rules.

In situations where Milwaukee Brewers baseball playoff games conflict with Packers games (WTMJ and Good Karma Brands also originate that team's broadcasts as the Brewers Radio Network) in September and October, WTMJ's FM sister station WKTI (94.5) originates the games in Milwaukee, with other stations in the Packers Radio Network making their own determinations about carriage of both games depending on whether they have a sister station to broadcast both games. WTMJ is simulcast on HD Radio over WKTI-HD2, in addition to the main AM signal's HD broadcast. Despite the NFL's Game Pass service nominally restricting WTMJ from streaming PRN coverage over the Internet, the station has streamed the team's games since the 2011 season, outside playoff games, though the streaming has been limited to desktop computers as of the 2015 NFL season due to both the new Game Pass package and TuneIn's premium service holding streaming rights for NFL play-by-play on mobile devices.

Its primary programming consists of broadcasts of Packer home and away games to a network of 56 stations in Wisconsin, the U.P., Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota, along with a two-hour pre-game show and three-hour postgame show which allows listeners to call, email, or text in a sports talk format about the finished game. Wayne Larrivee has been the play-by-play announcer since 1999, while former Packer center Larry McCarren has worked as the color commentator since 1995. Both Larrivee and McCarren contribute to the team's television programs, in addition to work with WTMJ's television sister station WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee and WGBA-TV in Green Bay, where McCarren was sports director from 2013 until 2015 when he began to focus exclusively on his Packers network duties.

Though its broadcasts began in 1929, WTMJ did not begin paying the Packers for broadcast rights until 1943; it paid the team $7500 to broadcast the season. In the early 1930s, there was no exclusive right given to broadcast games, and WHBY, then based in Green Bay, often sent its own announcers to call the game. From 1933 to 1936, three additional stations carried WTMJ's radio broadcasts of Packer games: WLBL in Stevens Point (a non-commercial station owned by the state commerce department decades before the creation of Wisconsin Public Radio), WTAQ in Green Bay and WKBH in La Crosse. WSAW in Wausau and WJMS in Ironwood, Michigan started carrying the feed in 1937.

Ryan Shaw

Ryan Christopher Shaw (born December 25, 1975) is a soul musician from Georgia, USA.

WACY-TV

WACY-TV, virtual channel 32 (UHF digital channel 27), is a MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station serving Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States that is licensed to Appleton. The station is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company, as part of a duopoly with Green Bay-licensed NBC affiliate WGBA-TV (channel 26). The two stations share studios on North Road along Airport Drive/WIS 172 in the Green Bay suburb of Ashwaubenon; WACY's transmitter is located in the Shirley section of Glenmore, Wisconsin.

On cable, the station is available in standard definition on channel 83 on Charter Spectrum (channel 15 on Charter's legacy Fond du Lac system), channel 13 on CenturyLink, channel 17 on Comcast Xfinity in Manitowoc, either channel 8 or channel 9 in most outlying areas of the market, and channel 32 on AT&T U-verse, and in high definition on Spectrum channel 1013, and Xfinity and U-verse channel 1032.

WFRV-TV

WFRV-TV, virtual channel 5 (UHF digital channel 39), is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States. The station is owned by the Nexstar Media Group. WFRV's studios are located on East Mason Street in the City of Green Bay, and its transmitter is located north of Morrison. On cable, WFRV is available on Charter Spectrum channel 6 and in high definition on digital channel 1006.

WFRV also operates semi-satellite WJMN-TV (virtual channel 3, UHF digital channel 48), which is licensed to Escanaba, Michigan and covers the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan. WFRV/WJMN's master control and all internal operations for both stations originate from WFRV's Green Bay facilities; WJMN does maintain studios, sales offices and engineering operations in Marquette.

WGMV

WGMV (106.3 FM) is a radio station licensed to Stephenson, Michigan and serving south central Upper Michigan, including the cities of Escanaba, Gladstone, Iron Mountain, and Menominee. The station currently broadcasts a classic country format, and is owned by Armada Media Corporation, through licensee AMC Partners Escanaba, LLC.

WJBE (AM)

WJBE (99.7 FM/1040 AM) is an American commercial radio station located in Knoxville, Tennessee, serving the Knoxville Metropolitan Area with an urban contemporary format. WJBE is owned by Joseph Armstrong, through broadcast licensee Arm & Rage, LLC. This station is unrelated to the Knoxville-based WJBE owned by entertainer James Brown from 1968 through 1979.

WJBE operates on the clear-channel frequency of 1040 AM, but is not considered a clear-channel station because it is a Class D daytime-only station. WHO in Des Moines, Iowa is the dominant Class A station, also known as a clear-channel station.

WLAX

WLAX is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States and serving Western Wisconsin. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 17 (or virtual channel 25 via PSIP) from a transmitter in La Crescent, Minnesota near the studios of ABC affiliate WXOW (channel 19). Owned by Nexstar Media Group, the station has studios at Interchange Place in La Crosse at the intersection of I-90/US 53/WIS 35 and Rose Street (hence the postal address name).

The station operates a full-time satellite, WEUX, licensed to Chippewa Falls and serving Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley. This outlet broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 49 (or virtual channel 48 via PSIP) from a transmitter, southeast of Colfax, along the Dunn–Chippewa county line. It maintains an advertising sales office on WIS 93 in Eau Claire along the US 53 and Business US 53/Hastings Way interchange.

WQRF-TV

WQRF-TV is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Rockford, Illinois, United States. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 42 (or virtual channel 39 via PSIP) from a transmitter at its studios on North Meridian Road/IL 24 in Rockford. Owned by Nexstar Media Group, WQRF is sister to dual ABC/MyNetworkTV affiliate WTVO (channel 17, owned by Mission Broadcasting and operated by Nexstar through joint sales and shared services agreements); the two stations share studios.

WTMJ-TV

WTMJ-TV, virtual channel 4 (UHF digital channel 28), is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. The station is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company. WTMJ-TV's studios are located on Capitol Drive (Wisconsin Highway 190) in Milwaukee (an Art Deco facility that is known as "Radio City", in tribute to the New York complex of the same name), and its transmitter is located approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) north of downtown Milwaukee.

From its inception until October 31, 2018, WTMJ-TV was a sister station to WTMJ radio (620 AM) and WKTI (94.5 FM). The radio stations are now owned by Good Karma Brands, but continue to share studios and internal operations (including web hosting) with Scripps and WTMJ-TV; Good Karma's WAUK (540) will eventually move to Radio City itself and operate under a lease agreement with Scripps.

Wisconsin Herd

The Wisconsin Herd are an American professional basketball team of the NBA G League as an affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the Herd play their home games at Menominee Nation Arena.

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